The Forum, LA
There couldn’t of been a more prestigious way to finish off such an incredible tour than two nights at The Forum…. We’d travelled thousands of miles around this vast and varied American landscape and it seemed appropriate that we ended up in California not far from where we began over 10 weeks earlier.
On entering the venue, we passed a huge wall with all the names of every artist and band to have graced this stage in the past. Steve performed here with Blind Faith way back in the late 60s and then returned as a solo act in the 80s at the height of his fame in the USA.
The room itself has excellent natural acoustics due mainly to the fact that it remains solely a place for musical performance and not a multi-purpose venue. The band loved the sound over the two shows!
The dressing rooms were rather plush compared to our usual digs! Bo made full use of the massage chair while Tom got to work organising some of our equipment ready for air freight…
I was fortunate enough to accompany Steve as he said his final goodbyes to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It was a genuine pleasure to witness how much respect and admiration they have for Steve as an artist and a person. We work everyday with him and can find ourselves in a bubble where we forget how far reaching his influence on musical history has been! It was a pleasure to be a part of this tour and to hear so many classic songs every evening!
Here is to another fabulous tour!!!!!